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30 Minutes in October: My Pet Fish

Oct 30, 2017

This month as I was changing my fish’s water bowl, I began wondering what to photograph as my 30 Minutes Project.  And then I realized that my fish is pretty darn special and deserves a bit of a spotlight – hah!  Years ago, my neighbors asked me to feed their fish while they were on vacation.  After they came back and took their fish, I went out and got one of my own — it’s the perfect pet for my lifestyle here in NYC.  They’re super easy to take care of, and I had a wonderful family down the hall with 2 young boys who love feeding my fish while I’m away.

My first fish, named “Fish,” was super pretty and lived a couple of years.  I went out again and this time, bought two fish, and named them “Mac” and “Cheese.”  Cute, right? Well, unfortunately Mac didn’t live long, so I ended up with a fish named Cheese.  A bit strange, for sure.  But Cheese is seriously the sweetest fish.  He has miraculously lived over 4 years now in his swanky fish apartment.  When I come home, Cheese swims to the nearest corner and literally waves me down until I crouch down and wave back and make fishy faces back at him.  My sister was visiting me recently and witnessed this strange fish behavior… she was amazed!

Cheese is a betta fish with beautiful blue and green hues, as you will see.  And like his favorite cartoon character, he lives in a pineapple under the sea.

Now that you’ve met my sweet pet fish, please go check out the lovely Hayley Hay’s 30 Minutes in Switzerland!

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  1. Liz Godfrey

    October 31st, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Colleen – I love these images and your fish stories. Cheese has such beautiful coloring and definitely seems to be living a great NYC lifestyle. Looking forward to your November.

  2. Sharleen

    October 31st, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Colleen – I love your fish and all your images. Richard used to have this fancy fish tank when I first met him. I decided to his collection. Apparently I bought a fish that does not need friends and slowly the fish were disappearing. The fish that I bought apparently ate them. So I am banned from fish. However, your Cheese is stunning and such gorgeous colors.

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